A BBC journalist mistakenly tweeted that Queen Elizabeth had died, causing a small uproar. During a rehearsal for how the BBC would respond to the Queen’s actual death, tweets sent from Amen Khawaja’s account indicated that the monarch had been hospitalized and passed away. One read: “Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died.” The report was picked up by several major outlets. CNN Money reports that Khawaja, is facing an internal disciplinary investigation as a result.
By coincidence, the queen was at a hospital on the same day for a routine appointment. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying the Queen was alive and well. “This was a routine pre-scheduled appointment, the queen has now left hospital and carries on with her engagements.”
A BBC spokesperson noted that the tweets were swiftly deleted and apologized for any offense.